The Power of Thinking Positive

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

Dwelling on positive things as opposed to negative is a good practice to develop. Science has shown a number of psychological and physiological benefits of positive thinking. Research suggest that positive people lead healthier lifestyles. By coping better with stress and avoiding unhealthy behaviors, they are able to improve their health and well-being. This could be a factor in why they tend to lead healthier, happier and more productive lives.

2 Key Benefits of Thinking Positive:

  1. Improved Physical Health
  2. Higher Overall Success in Life (Personal and Professional Goals Reached).

Check out this article on the link between health and positivity.

Remember: Shyt happens to everyone, it’s all about how we respond.

Below are a few videos that illustrate the impact positive thinking can have on the physical body and your life overall. They also suggest things you can do to start thinking more positive such as reframing negative events with a positive spin and the impact small things such as changing your physical body posture can have on your mindset and confidence.

Enjoy MGs and spread the word. #eachoneteachone


Journaling: A Key Habit of the Super Successful

“Keeping a journal is one of the best strategies for learning about yourself and improving your professional performance over time.” Teresa Amabile Harvard Business School Professor

In my professional circles and in the literature I’ve been reading of late, I’ve been hearing a lot about the benefits of keeping a daily journal. The word is it’s a habit that successful people have been leveraging for years to improve their productivity. So a few weeks ago I decided to give it a try. In the short time that I’ve been journaling I noticed a number of key benefits, including but not limited to:

Benefits

  1. Reduction of Stress
  2. Improved Sharpness of Memory
  3. Increased Mindfulness
  4. Improved Discipline
  5. Enhanced Overall Productivity

This article does a good job of summing up the benefits in more detail.

Journaling Techniques

  1. Free Writing – Just let it flow, jot down what comes to mind.
  2. Morning Pages – Free Writing first thing in the morning.
  3. Lists – Make a list of anything i.e. things that make you happy
  4. TLC (Thankful, Learning, Connection)

I tend to note the one big thing that I want to accomplish the next day, both professionally and personally. Then I write about something I’m thankful for and what I learned during the day. After that I often let it flow with a stream of consciousness.

Check out these sites for a deeper dive into journaling techniques, here and here.

I intend to continue the practice. I’ll keep ya posted on the progress. Cheers to more productive and balanced lives MGs!

Peace!

What Exactly is Meditation and What are the Benefits?

One day a few months ago, I was making small talk with someone and it turns out they were a guided mediation instructor at the gym we were at. A week later I decided to drop into one of the classes, I’ve been hooked ever since.

Top 3 Impacts Meditation Has Had On Me:

1. Sense of Peace and Calm

One of the major benefits I’ve noticed is the calm peaceful feeling that I have, not only during meditation but throughout the day.

2. Better Focus

A major element of meditation is concentrating on one or two things at a particular time i.e. your breathing and movement or a particular word, etc. This helps in day to day life by enhancing the ability to focus on the important matters at hand, slicing through the distractions. I found myself being “present” and paying attention more intently. Working in corporate America I’m often in countless meetings. Since practicing meditation, I am able to key in on the issues during those meetings, better able to ask the right follow up questions and ultimately make smarter business decisions.  With family and loved ones, the time spent together is enhanced, due to being conscious of the present moment, and really focusing on the time shared together.

3. Higher Patience Threshold

Things that may have bothered me in the past, no longer seem relevant. If someone stepped on my foot or cut me off in traffic and didn’t apologize, I’m not as annoyed as I once may have been.

What Does The Science Say?

According to the Mayo Clinic the emotional benefits of meditation can include:

Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
Building skills to manage your stress
Increasing self-awareness
Focusing on the present
Reducing negative emotions
Increasing imagination and creativity
Increasing patience and tolerance

Some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

Anxiety
Asthma
Cancer
Chronic pain
Depression
Heart disease
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome
Sleep problems
Tension headaches

Give it a try if you’re not familiar with meditation, there are tons of resources online. You can take in person classes, download apps such as Calm, you can even tune into Spotify for meditation playlists.

Peace and Blessings MGs!